If you look up what luck means you’ll find something along the lines of “success or failure apparently brought by chance rather than through one's own actions”.
One day, when I was younger, my father said “Serena, you make your own luck”. I didn’t get what he meant at the time because at that stage I saw luck as something that just happened by chance, just like the definition states above. However, as time has gone by, I’ve come to understand what he meant.
Take football for example, when someone scores a goal in a championship match, is it luck? Not really! It’s down to the skill of the player, to years of training, to focus, to mindset, to the knowledge of the angles and options in front of the person at the time.
Labour and childbirth is no different! Let me explain…
My birth preparation course using KG Hypnobirthing, teaches couples essential things about how to prepare for, what to expect, and how to navigate the whole pregnancy, labour and birth journey. Options, rights, how the body and mind work together, about our two nervous systems and which one is more beneficial for labour to progress efficiently, how important the birth partner’s role is, the importance of the birthing environment, of language and SO SO much more! At the end of the course couples feel confident, relaxed and excited instead of fearful, anxious and afraid of their upcoming birth experience!
As a society, we spend so much time, effort and money on material things, preparing for a holiday, an engagement, a wedding or a milestone birthday party but so little on birth and yet it’s that experience that changes us and stays with us forever.
So, labour and birth… Leave it to chance, or prepare and make your own luck?!
“Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” - unknown